Olivia (Siyuan) Mao

Olivia (Siyuan) Mao is an associate in Nixon Peabody’s Project Finance group focused on international and domestic infrastructure and energy projects.

What do you focus on?

I counsel a wide variety of clients, including project developers, equity investors, commercial lenders, underwriters, buyers and sellers with respect to structuring, negotiating and executing energy and other infrastructure financings.

I have experience advising on the restructuring and refinancing of renewable energy projects. In this sector, I review and prepare project documents, including power purchase agreements, EPC contracts and various project financing documents including tax equity financing agreements, loan agreements, guaranty agreements and cross-collateralization agreements.

What do you see on the horizon?

The renewable energy sector has seen rapid expansion globally and such expansion is driven by various factors including new technologies that improve production efficiency, power storage and power transmission; improvements in installation and system costs; and government and investor support. While how governments, energy planners, regulators and utilities will respond to these changes remains unclear, there will definitely be a high demand of attorneys who have the specialties in handling all perspectives of the development and financing of renewable energy projects, and are capable of advising different players, such as lenders, equity investors and borrowers.


  • “Entity Selection and Formation for Small Businesses,” Columbia University-Harlem Small Business Development Center, August 2017


Olivia (Siyuan) Mao


New York

Phone: 212-940-3070

Fax: 844-806-5532

Washington University School of Law, J.D.

Washington University School of Law, LL.M.

Shanghai Foreign Trade University, B.A.

New York

Mandarin Chinese

New York State Bar Association

Back to top